ISRAEL’S TEAM: Life Saving Mission

Arriving in less than a day after the major earthquake, Israeli rescue and medical teams have performed their duty,winning the hearts and minds of the Nepali people

May 8, 2015, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 08 No. -21 May 08- 2015 (Baishakh 25, 2072)

Although his residence in Sitapaila was badly shaken by the earthquake of magnitude of 7.9 on the Richter scale,which devastated his neighborhood on April 25, Israeli Ambassador to Nepal Yaron Mayer did not waste any time and informed the tragic situation of Nepal and talked to Nepali officials about the expertise available from Israel at the time of crisis.

With the positive nod from Nepal, the Israel government responded to Nepal’s request and sent medical and rescue teams to Nepal to serve the people in their desperate need.

Soon after the arrival to Kathmandu on Sunday, April 26, rescue teams moved to Gongabu areas to save the people who trapped in rubble and another medical group established the Israeli Field Hospital at Chauni started treating people affected by the earthquake.

Giving high priority, Prime MinisterSushil Koirala, Prime Minister of Nepal visited the hospital. Israel AID’s Search and Rescue team worked on the ground, or more accurately, under the ground, for few days in Gongabu, the heart of the devastated area of Kathmandu, now referred by locals and internationals as ‘the Israeli site.

Besides, Israel helped people by providing free treatment at the Israeli Field Hospital in Tahachal and by bringing in Medical Clowns from Israel to ease the trauma among people post-earthquake

The Hospital became fully operational next day and was erected by the State of Israel through the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), in order to allow free treatment for the people affected by "Earthquake Gorkha".

By serving the people at the time of need and offering humanitarian aid, Israelis have shown their friendly face to Nepalese. “We are proud to serve the needy people of Nepal. As a friend of Nepal, it is part of our duty to serve Nepal,” said team leader and Major General of Israeli Army Yoel Strick.

The hospital was flown alongside medical and logistic personnel from Israel and has the ability to perform serious and highly sophisticated surgeries and has facility for emergency services, pediatric department, obstetric department, orthopedic department, full-fledged diagnostic imaging system and laboratory.

Speaking during his visit, Prime Minister Koirala referred to the friendship between the Israeli and Nepali peoples and stressed that 'a friend in need is a friend indeed and Israel was there for us in our time of need'. 

Ambassador Mayer said, "I would like to send my deepest sympathy to those who have been affected by this tragedy.  The people of Israel are with you and this hospital is a symbol of Israel's commitment to Nepal," said Ambassador Mayer.

During the ten days, the hospital provided more than 1000 victims and helped women to give birth. Operated by 267 trained personnel including 40 specialists, 120 medical staff members and a Nepali doctor, the hospital provided best service.

“Israel is one of the trusted friends of Nepal. Israeli mission proved how close they are with Nepal from their heart and mind,” said former finance minister and Member of Constituent Assembly Surendra Pande,

The Hospital became fully operational from yesterday and was erected by the State of Israel through the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), in order to allow free treatment for the people affected by "Earthquake Gorkha".

In a reception organized in honor of Israeli team, Israeli ambassador to Neal Meyer expressed the hope that Nepalese people are able to benefits from the hospitals.

“All Nepalese are proud of the support given by Israel at the time of crisis. We remembered the service forever,” said Hari Bhakta Sharma, senior vice president of CNI. 

Ambassador Mayer said, "I would like to send my deepest sympathy to those who have been affected by this tragedy.  The people of Israel are with you and this hospital is a symbol of Israel's commitment to Nepal".

This field hospital is providing a free treatment and welcomes all those in need. The Israeli Field Hospital is not only for the earthquake victims but also other facilities like pediatrics, gynecology, ophthalmology, cataract and general medicinal services provided.

Despite their hectic schedule back home, Israeli rescue and medical mission provides all possible service to Nepalese earthquake victims at the time of crisis.

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